Apr 24, 2017

Uber 'tracked iPhones to stop fraud'

The New York Times reports that in 2015 Apple discovered that the ride-sharing company had broken its privacy rules by collecting iPhone serial numbers. Boss Tim Cook told Uber founder Travis Kalanick to remove the "Fingerprinting" code or he would ban the app from the Apple Store, the paper claims. Uber said the practice of fingerprinting deterred criminals from installing its app on stolen phones, using stolen credit cards to book journeys, then wiping the phone and doing it again. Security researcher Will Strafach told news site Tech Crunch that the coding in the iPhone version of the app from 2014 revealed that it was noting the device's serial number. The New York Times also claimed Uber ringfenced Apple's Cupertino headquarters so that employees using the app there would not notice.

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